Thursday, December 17, 2009

"Younger Well-Dressed Law Prof Notes Clothing Generation Gap"

A December 17, 2010 article in the ABA Journal Online, by Debra Cassens Weiss, talks about something of a male generation gap of style and fashion:

"Fashion observers are noting something of a clothing generation gap between baby boomer men given to wearing sloppy dressed-down duds and the younger generation of men who are embracing cutting-edge fashion.

Among the observers is Samuel Rascoff, a 36-year-old law professor at New York University who sports a tie and dress suit in the photo for his law school bio. “The fashion gene skipped a generation,” he tells the New York Times.

The Times notes that the hippie movement took pride in shunning the corporate look. “Now the tie is on the other neck,” the story says. “Today the well-off 55-year-old is likely to be the worst-dressed man in the room, wearing a saggy T-shirt and jeans. The cash-poor 25-year-old is in a natty sport coat and skinny tie bought at Topman for a song.”

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To read the rest of the article, go here.

Nassau County Bar Association Bridge the Gap CLE

The Nassau County Bar Association and its Academy of Law presents:

Bridge-The-Gap: From Classroom Theory…to the Practice of Law

Saturday & Sunday, January 23 & 24, 2010
at the Nassau County Bar Association, 15 & West Streets, Mineola, NY

Tuition (includes breakfast and lunch)
• Recent law school graduates, attorneys admitted less than 2 years, law student: $245
• NCBA members admitted over 2 years: $375
• Non-members admitted over 2 years: $485
(single sessions are available)

For additional information, please call (516) 747-4464.

The 2010 Patent Law Interview Program

The 2010 Patent Law Interview Program will be held on Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30 at the Embassy Suites Chicago – Downtown/Lakefront at 511 North Columbus Drive in Downtown Chicago. This program is geared to students who are interested in large law firms throughout the country which practice exclusively in or have a large department in patent law.


Student registration will begin online on Monday, February 15 and end on Monday, March 8. During that time, students will see a Register Now button on the student information page of the Program's website here. It is very important to register by the deadline, as late registrations will not be accepted under any circumstances.


The 2010 Patent Law Interview Program will be accepting registrations from:

JD students graduating in May/June 2011 (3Ls)
JD students graduating in May/June 2012 (2Ls)
JD students graduating in December 2010/January 2011 (3Ls)
JD students graduating in December 2011/January 2012 (2Ls)
Students in Intellectual Property LLM programs with anticipated graduation dates in 2011 and 2012 (LLMs)

Students who will graduate before the program is held in July 2010, and students who plan to graduate after May/June 2012, are not eligible for the 2010 Patent Law Interview Program.


Keep these dates in mind for the 2010 Patent Law Interview Program:

Monday, February 15, 2010 - Student Registration Begins
Monday, March 8, 2010 - Deadline for Student Registration

Monday, April 19, 2010 - Students receive Symplicity passwords/bidding instructions
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - Student Bidding Begins
Thursday, May 6, 2010 - Deadline for Student Bidding

Monday, June 21, 2010 - Initial interview schedules available on Symplicity

Monday, June 21
to Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - Interview Cancellation Period

Friday, June 25, 2010 - Final schedules available on Symplicity

Thursday, July 29
& Friday, July 30, 2010 - Patent Law Interview Program in Chicago

Again, the website for the Program is here.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Free Podcast: Networking During the Holidays

The American Bar Association Law Student Division presents:

Business Law and Young Lawyers:
Networking During the Holidays

A free podcast.

Before you head home for the holidays or hit the holiday party circuit, learn how to make the most of social events and family gatherings in advancing your career prospects.

Some of the questions covered:

• How can I most effectively follow-up with contacts I meet at holiday events and happy hours?
• What is the best way to subtly ask a family member for a job?
• When should I arrive at holiday functions, and how long should I stay?
• How can I express my interest in a new position while not speaking badly of my current one?
• What is the best way to transition a conversation from social topics to a more targeted job/internship focus?
• What is the best way to find out about networking and holiday events in my home town?
• What is the most appropriate way to contact those people in my network during the holiday season – should I send a gift, a holiday card, an email, etc.?
• How should I best prepare myself to attend networking functions during the holidays?
• How do I politely decline invitations to events?

To listen to the program, go here.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

NYSBA Program: Navigating the New Economy - Career Strategies for Lawyers

The New York State Bar Association presents:

The Fourth Annual Career Development Conference

conducted during the NYSBA 2010 Annual Meeting.

This year's topic:

Navigating the New Economy: Career Strategies for Lawyers

Monday, January 25, 2010
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Hilton Hotel
Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY

This is a free program.

Sponsored by the
Law Practice Management Committee and the
Committee on Lawyers in Transition

Pre-registration is required.
You must register by January 20, 2010 here.

Join leading career and psychology experts as they discuss how to stay positive and focused on a job search in the current economy. An interactive and lively Q & A session is anticipated!


Rachel J. Littman
Assistant Dean for Career Development and External Relations Pace Law School


Lauren J. Wachtler, Esq.
Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, LLP
Chair, NYSBA Committee on Lawyers in Transition

Dr. Leslie Seppinni
Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Dr. Leslie’s “Excuse Free Living” philosophy focuses on “The 4 C’s: Curiosity, Conviction, Courage and Commitment”

Kelly Hoey
President, 85 Broads (

Bruce Blackwell
President, Career Strategies International, Inc (

Elena F. Kaspi, JD, MSW, CMC
President and Founder of LawScope Coaching, LLC (

Free Networking Reception Following the Program
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

2010 Summer Fellowships in Labor Law

The Peggy Browning Fund provides unique opportunities for law students to work for economic and social justice. The Fund accomplishes this goal through a variety of activities, including the sponsorship of legal fellowships and workers' rights conferences for law students. In so doing, it is their belief that law students who are exposed to these positive experiences will have an increased understanding and appreciation for the issues facing workers and what representing working people is all about.

The Fund's Fellowship Program provides students with an opportunity to work for non-profit labor-related organizations. Their office works closely with participating law schools in soliciting qualified and committed students for their programs. Additionally, they provide networking and other support services to the selected Fellows. Each year the Fund brings the Fellows and their supervisors from the mentor organizations together for a half-day workshop. The mentor organizations present worker rights/labor issues facing their clients; students outline the work projects accomplished during their respective fellowships.

In 2010, The Peggy Browning Fund will support over 50 funded Summer Fellowships in labor-related organizations throughout the United States. The Summer Fellowship stipends are for a minimum of $4,500 per student for a ten-week employment period. In many cases Mentor Organizations will supplement the stipend.

Students interested in applying must submit applications both to the listed organization and to The Peggy Browning Fund. Applications must be received no later than Friday, January 15, 2010. The Fund aims to notify students selected for these positions in mid to late February.

For more information about these summer fellowships, go here.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The ABA's Fund for Justice and Education Project Fellows Program

During these challenging economic times, the ABA Commission on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Profession and Legal Needs and the ABA Fund for Justice and Education (FJE) have collaborated to create the FJE Project Fellows. The FJE Project Fellows program will provide meaningful volunteer experience for recent law school graduates who may be unemployed, underemployed or deferred and who would like to engage in substantive law-related activities. The experience of volunteering for these public service programs will allow Fellows to build their resumes, work with well-known lawyers and make professional connections, and produce substantive work for the public good. Substantive tasks may include editing newsletters and magazines, conducting research, assisting in planning conferences and panels, and outreach to direct beneficiaries of programs, among others. Fellows will be supervised by the staff director of the project for which they are volunteering. It is anticipated that Fellows will work remotely using their own computers, although it may be possible for Fellows located in Chicago or Washington, D.C. to volunteer in the ABA offices on occasion if space is available.

Prospective Fellows are asked to complete a short application, indicating preference for one of five categories of substantive public service programs supported through the FJE: 1) Access to Justice; 2) Children and the Law; 3) Public Education; 4) International Justice; and 5) Professionalism and the Profession. Through a matching process coordinated by the FJE with entity staff directors, Fellows will be assigned to a project. Every effort will be made to assign projects that align with stated preferences.

To register for this program, go here.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Nassau County Bar Association: Holiday Party

The Nassau County Bar Association has generously invited Touro Law Center students (whether or not you are a Bar Association member) to attend its annual holiday party on December 10, 2009. Any student who is interested in attending this fun and food-filled event, which is a great way to meet and network with attorneys, should email Director of Student Activities Marie Koch.

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